Norwich Theatre Royal Says Farewell To Peter Wilson

Buoyant ticket sales and a bumper year of successful shows ensure outgoing Norwich Theatre Royal chief executive Peter Wilson leaves the organisation in a good position.

Peter stands down as chief executive at Christmas 2016, after almost 25 years at the helm of East Anglia's premier theatre. His departure comes as the theatre announces an annual surplus of £572,410 for 2015/16, more than double the previous year's figure of £219,397.

Highlights during the year included a host of musical favourites such as Top Hat, Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing and Annie, as well as some high-quality drama productions including Rebecca and The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time, along with the ever-popular Theatre Royal pantomime. Last year it was Snow White. December 2016 sees a production of Jack and the Beanstalk. 

The theatre is performing well when compared with 14 others of a similar size and type across the UK. Capacity sold across the year was 69%, which is 10% higher than average.

Ahead of new chief executive Stephen Crocker taking the reins in early January, Peter admits it is always hard to predict the future in the thetarical industry. he said: "I said last year that our relatively poor 2014/15 results were a useful reminder of the fragility of the theatre business and I make no apology for repeating that warning."

"The Theatre Royal, which is largely undsubsidised, risks many hundreds of thousands of pounds many months in advance on the assumption, and the hope, that Norfolk audiences will appreciate the banquet that will be laid out."